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*^&mzY^ •^£ if) i V t< t CORBIN'S DEEK PARK. Big Slice of Earth •with a Pence Around. It. An Experiment in Large Game Raising That Has Cost Nearly Half a Million— How the Deer Are Caught nod Kept •—Other Game Preserves. 1 COPYRIGHT, :S31,1 If any well-meaning- but misgnide'd •friend offers the gentle reader a half dozen young deer in frisky condition and good appetite, the gentle reader •will do well to admire their dappled coats, stroke their beaded black muzzles, look longingly- into their limpid eyes and send them back at the first opportunity. To keep them is to run a big risk of being forced to mortgage your watch. This is what the fortuitous possession of a few deer may lead to: The expenditure of a half million dollars in cash; the purchase of thirty-four square miles of land; the willing- dispossession ol dozens of farmers' families, whose nat 1 wal regret at leaving their old homes Is charged for in the bill; nine or ten keepers' lodges, with the keepers to correspond with the lodges and salaries to correspond to the keepers; a small .army of men chasing wild animals on contracts and a crust of snow; a tali A KOYAL rafSOXER— TRANSPORTING A LIVE BULL MOOSE. thousand miles of barbed wire cut up lor fences; thirteen thousand ten-foot posts, cut, hauled-and planted to hang the barbed wire upon; hay and incidentals according to circumstances. At least that .s what a present of deer received six years ago from a railroad man involved for Mr. Austin Corbin, ; banker and president of rail- Jroad companies. But then Mr. Corbin has a way of never doing things by halves. It must be admitted that he has made a very thorough job of his great deer park in Xew Hampshire. It was something like three years ago that the fame of Mr. Corbin's deer park on Long Island, then well established, began to be noised abroad. He had put the deer which had been presented to him out to grass, and imported a lot of elk from Montana to keep them company and had hired a wonderful Irishman named Mike to t;;ke care of them. !This. was really the beginning of the great Corbin game park—the mustard «eed from which the bigger park has grown. The Long Island deer farm flourished, but the climate wasn't suitable for the northern species of deer, and, besides, Mr. Corbin wanted more room than he could get at Babylon, where land is held at pretty high acre prices and millionaires are as plenty as .blackberries. He wanted" space and verge enough for lots of animals to thrive without fighting each other and under entirely natural conditions, and it oceurfsd to him that a big slice of iand up among the famous "abandoned farms" in New Hampshire would answe* all the conditions of climatic fitness, cheapness and pleasant aspect which .he had. estab-r listed in his mind. Probably the decision was influenced somewhat by the lact that away up in the foothills of the FWhite mountains still-stands the old .Corbin homestead with its precious heirlooms—the cradle which had rocked idozens of Corbin babies to sleep, the •djshes from which they had eaten samp land milk, the quilted coverlids, the tall :clock which had tick-tocked and the 'spinning wheel which had buzzed in then* childish ears. j At any rate Mr. Corbin decided that (the precise spot where the old home,'stead stood was just the place for a deei park, and he began quietly buying up Ithe farms thereabouts. The first ones (came cheap, from S5 an acre up, accord- ling to desirability, meadow and pasture -land thrown in with the scrubby wood- A FAITHFUL GTJABDIAN. lots at bottom rates. Then it began to be whispered that a sporting club was rt .after land and prices rose right away. * People discovered that they hadn't val- •»' Tied their lands high enough. When ^Mr. Corbin's identity was at last revealed Sfthere was another boom in tumble • down barns and second growth hemlock and "pppple" lands. Finally Mr. Cor• "bin rested content with 22,000 acres a* .an expense .of about £500,000, and $75,s-000 more for fencing. Ordinary barbei? -,-wiro is used for cheapness, as before ^hinted. This might be objectionable if ' -flogs ever got in and began chasing the * deer, but eminent specialists agree that J'ihe locality isn't going to be a healthy ' one for dogs anyway, and under ordi- ! >nary conditions, the animals ; won't .see ^much of the fence, the,tract.is so large.; Ilithey do meet it in their travels they •will soon appreciate its admirable Dualities. .v When the fence was; finished Mr. lOorbin turned in his menagerie and ^sighed for more. His deer, buffaloes, Untelopes and elk, not over one hundred §*nd fifty" animals in all,, shipped from |Jhe little farm on Long Island, were jj^oissly in the big park. So HI . Corbin t irted eighteen wild boars from .any, set men hunting deer on the snow aad sent west for more game. The method adopted in bunting was to surprise the deer when the snow was deep, and when they plunged into it up to their shoulders to catch and bind them, drag them on wood sleds to the nearest railway station and ship them in box cars. This hunting on the snow during the winter just closing was mostly done in Canada, for Mr. Corbin's hunters were not allowed to ply their undestructive industry in Xcw Hampshire, the laws not having provided for the contingency of a big game park which might want live doer. There was some trouble in the Canadian custom houses over the exportation of the bodies, but finally a common-sense decision was reached and the deer passed. Moose, elk,- caribou and buffaloes—the latter almost the only ones in existence except in the Yellowstone national park— were brought from Minnesota and turned in with the rest. At present Mr. Corbin wants some beavers and a beaver dam or two on some of his brooks and won't be happy till he gets them. At wolves, panthers, foxes and such vermin he draws the line, but the graminivorous wild animals are going to have an opportunity to increase and multiply at will under entirely natural conditions, unvexed by hunters and un- chased by dogs or beasts of prey. There is not the slightest doubt that Mr. Corbin's deer park will be the most interesting, as it is up to date by far the largest, experiment in game preserving in the country. I have never seen a more beautiful sight in its way than a great herd of four hundred or five hundred deer peacefully grazing upon the meadows of Charlecote, in Warwickshire, where Shakespeare was caught chasing the ancestors of these same dun deer and hauled before the forefather of the present owner for his offense. But Mr. Corbin's deer should soon be as ten to Mr, Lucy's one, and they will certainly have a nobler scenic background for their beauty in the New Hampshire hills. He will avoid one source of difficulty sometimes experienced by sporting clubs with their preserves. His game cannot get away except by human aid. Pothunters in New Jersey are having great sport with the costly English pheasants imported a few years ago by wealthy landowners there. The preservation of flying game in the long run helps sport for many miles around; but Mr. Corbin will take pretty good care that gunners let his deer and moose alone. There is no reason why some of them should not become in time as large and grand as the finest specimens ever lolled. A great bull moose with his herd, or two of them in battle for the favor of a fair DAINTY TID-BITS — SPRING BCDS ANT) BLOSSOMS. long-lipped cow, would be a sight well worth watching—from the other side of the fence or the fork of a beech tree. It is probable that other wealthy men,, following English precedent as well as Mr. Corbin's example, will establish great game parks. There is plenty of land within easy reach of New York which can never be cultivated and which is .'a great deal cheaper than the Minnesota prairies. Tuxedo park is well stocked with small game and fish, and rigidly preserved. Ex-Mayor Hewitt's great estate at Ring-wood raises pheasants at five dollars a pah- as well as butter at one dollar a pound. The smaller Stuyvesant estate is preserved, and worth the trouble. The Vanderbilt tract in the Adirondacks is forbidden ground to hunters as well as trespassers. Big tracts of land in the Catskills, in the mountain region of New Jersey, and in the Highlands are owned by sporting clubs and will teem with game, if only the poachers can be kept off. This has always been found exceedingly difficult. Killing game out of season and killing other people's game at any season is about as lightly regarded as smuggling, and it is not. always easy to police effectually a big tract of land. Probably public opinion will soon recognize fiuch attempts as this of Mr. Corbin to preserve the fast vanishing game of the country, as highly meritorious and ten ding in the long run to benefit all sportsmen worthy of the name. 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